Definitely won’t be available in USA for street use. But what about importing them as off-highway vehicles, like a side by side UTV? Mahindra is planning to build a Jeep-like off-road vehicle in Michigan, and sell it alongside the company’s UTVs.
1.5 NA engine gives something around 105 hp and 140-145 Nm of torque. I found also the fuel consumption figures as 15km/l (5MT, 35 mpg) - and 13 km/l (4AT, 32 mpg) from here.
This is not what I ,actually, want. Since I live in Europe, I hope to get the 3-cyl 1.0L turbo with 112 hp and 170 Nm of torque. This should be much better than the 1.5L NA in both acceleration and mileage. Also there are some rumors about 6-speed AT for the euro-spec Jimny, although 5-speed MT is not a problem for me.
Another important thing for me is the safety systems. New Jimny has 6 airbags, emergency braking system with camera and lidar (or whatever it uses for this purpose), ESP and etc.
Overall, it seems to be a great rig to buy and drive nowdays. Bullet-proof chassis, economical and torquey engine, modern assistance/safety features, and the low price. The only extra wish is the long-wheel base option, as Jeep JKU. I hope, Suzuki wants to repeat its success.
I dont understand that it only has 4 automatic, today 2018/2019 it should be like 8 or 9 or similar and they gas milage would be much better and the accelaration. In 2002 Jeep Wrangler TJ had 4 automatic. The new Jeep Wrangler JL has a 8 speed automatic